The Girl With A Brave Heart: A Tale From Tehran

Shiraz drops her stepmother’s ball of red yarn from her balcony into the neighbor’s garden. Bravely, she knocks on the door of the house and is greeted by a wild old lady who will give back the yarn if Shiraz completes three chores. First, she is to smash everything in the kitchen. Next, she is to cut down all the plants in the overgrown garden. Finally, she is to cut the old lady’s dirty long hair. She sees the truth behind the lady’s words and instead, she cleans the kitchen and the garden and braids the old lady’s hair. Her yarn is returned and she receives the gift of beauty. Shiraz’s spoiled and impatient stepsister goes through the same routine, but does exactly what the old lady says and does not receive the gift of beauty. Richly colored illustrations in gouache brighten this tale’s message of the importance of listening to people’s hearts. mjw
Title: The Girl With A Brave Heart: A Tale From Tehran
Author: Rita Jahanforuz
Illustrator
: Vali Mintzi
Publisher
: Barefoot Books. Cambridge, MA
Copyright
: 2013
Original Language
: Hebrew 
Original Publisher
: Kinneret Zmora – Bitan Publishing
Original Copyright
: 2010
ISBN
: 978-1-84686-931-0
Paperback pages
: 40
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Tehran
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Tehran
Author’s residence
: Israel
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Romania
Illustrator’s residence
: Israel
Subjects
: Courage, Iran, Fairytales, Folktales, Kindness, Persia

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